I have over 25 years of private teaching violin. I teach viola and begining cello. I have taught in St. Mary's County and Charles County Public Schools for about 6 years combined. I Have been playing violin for over 40 years. I started out with the Suzuki Method. I participate with the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music Music Development program. I belong to American Strings Teachers Association, National Association for Music Educators, and the Music Teacher's Association. If you live west of the Potomac, I will be too far away. Waldorf, Md is in Southern Maryland.
I enjoy the challange of helping a student learn. Everyone is different and needs a different approach. I believe we are both happier when they achieve their goals. I use a variety of methods to help teach the students how to read, technique, and songs. I move at the student's pace. If they practice more, we move faster.
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With a new student, we first learn about how to handle the instrument, the parts, and open string songs.
After the first week, we start reading and pluck out simple songs until we have 8 notes.
After we have 8 notes, we start work on the bow.
I use what ever method I need to use to reach the student and to help them learn.
I have a degree in music (violin performance) and a masters in teaching. I have a couple of other degrees that are unrelated to my work.
I belong to the American Strings Teachers Association, Music Teachers Association (national, state and local), The National Association for Music Education.
I also work with the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program.
I have gone to teacher trainings when I was with the county school systems as well as a few seminars that further my education or expand my teaching methods.
I charge $30 a half hour
$25/ hour for members of the same household.
I started teaching after my teacher asked if I could teach a few of her students. The more I taught, the more I found that I liked it.
I have worked with high functioning autistic and ADHD/ADD students. I have adult students. I have small children. I prefer to work with a student that can stay focused for 30 minutes on a topic.
Be certain that you are close to the studio. My radius covers DC and Northern Virginia. I am in Southern Maryland.
I would recommend that you look for some one with experience. I also recommend finding someone the student would like to work with, not always what they need. If the student hates the teacher, they won't do the work.
What their goals are. If you have medical issues, how will that affect playing the instrument? For example, if you can't move one of your arms, the violin isn't the right instrument for you. Can you stay focused for the length of the lesson? How much time do you have to practice? Starting out, it may require roughly an hour a week outside of the classroom. It gets longer as you get better.